Bad luck for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Disappointment for the Opel juniors Lundberg and Munster at the Rally Poland. Both ADAM-R2 teams retire early with the prospect of a podium finish.


Rüsselsheim/Munich/Mikolajki. The ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team missed out on a podium place within reach at the fourth round of the European Junior Rally Championship (FIA ERC3 Junior Championship) within the framework of the 75th Rally Poland. Lying on positions 3 and 5, the Opel juniors Elias Lundberg (21, Sweden) and Grégoire Munster (20, Luxembourg) retired in the 13th of 15 special stages, each with a power transmission problem.


This was preceded by a fierce fight against the best rally talents in Europe, in which the top teams drove their vehicles to the extreme limit on the material-killing gravel tracks around Mikolajki. After the first leg on Saturday evening, the two factory ADAM R2 had only been separated by two tenths of a second on positions 6 (Lundberg/Arhusiander) and 7 (Munster/Louka). On the final day the two Opel duos each made up three positions in the standings until the abrupt end came in the third last special stage.


"A shame", Lundberg complained. "To drop out of a podium position so shortly before the finish is, of course, tough. In contrast to some of our rivals we hadn't made any mistakes until then. I'm sorry for the whole team that worked so hard. The guys deserved the podium place." Team mate Munster was also disappointed: "Our plan was to gain more experience on gravel, gradually approach the high pace of the front runners and set one or two good special stage times. We were able to keep in touch with Elias and work our way forward together with him. Who knows, maybe even a podium position would have been possible. But in motorsport, it just doesn't matter if it was or wasn't."


Opel Motorsport Director Jörg Schrott comforted his drivers: "Those are the hard lessons that also belong to the development of a young racer. After Elias and Grégoire had been controlled in the first stage, we wanted to attack in the second stage to increase the pressure on the once again enormously strong top here. That worked well at first, a podium position would have been possible. The disappointment is all the greater now, of course. But as a team, we'll put up with that, too."


The fifth and penultimate round of the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2019 will take place from 20 to 22 July as part of the Rally di Roma Capitale. Like at the Junior European Championship season finale in mid-August in the Czech Republic, the focus will be on the Italian capital on asphalt.



Stand FIA ERC3 Junior after 4 of 6 races:

1. Furuseth 92. 2. Llarena 89. 3. Torn 78. 4. Antunes 71. 5. Franceschi 57. 6. Rokland 33. 7. Lundberg 28. 8. Cais 28. 9. Munster 24. 10. Wagner 18. 11. Schwedt 18. 12. Hokkanen 14.






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